What Is the Amberjack Assessment?
The Amberjack Assessment is a blended assessment that combines behavioral, situational judgment and cognitive items to assess a candidate’s potential job success. That structure is motivated by Amberjack’s vision of measuring pure potential rather than past experience or privilege.
As such, this assessment is predominantly used in early talent positions – graduates, apprenticeships, and placements. Leading employers using the Amberjack Assessment are AtkinsRéalis, Morrisons, BDO, Allen & Overy, and more.
Test Structure and Question Format
While Amberjack modifies its assessment to suit the particular employer, at its core, the assessment follows a rather standard format:
- 22 multiple-choice/ranking questions
- 3 interview questions (written/video)
- Situational judgment questions follow a Most-Least format.
- Cognitive questions simulate an email from a colleague.
Below we cover the basic characteristics of each question type.
In the Free Practice section, you can see some examples with explanations and recommendations for success. You may also check the Test Interface section for more details on how the assessment works.
Situational Judgment Questions
These questions constitute the majority of the Amberjack test, and include a brief scenario followed by 4 optional responses.
You will need to rank the most and least recommended responses.
Some of the situational judgment questions will assess 2 pillars simultaneously and will therefore be trickier.
This type of question will be structured as an email from a colleague, including one or more numerical data sources – graphs and tables. Your fictitious colleague will ask you a question based on the information, and you will be required to choose the correct response out of 4 possible answers.
The numerical questions are characterized by information overload – see more in the Tips section.
The Verbal questions are similar to the numerical ones in structure and format, but you will be requested to respond to a question regarding a short piece of text. You will need to choose the correct response out of 3 options.
While these questions are complex, you should be careful not to rely on any information other than the text.
The verbal questions will assess your inferential comprehension. See more in the Tips section.
The last part of the Amberjack Assessment consists of several video questions.
- You will be allowed to prepare your response for as long as you want.
- You will have 2 minutes to record your response.
- You will have only one shot to record your response. Once you start recording, you will not be able to pause or restart.
The video questions will function as a standard interview, but will not be reviewed by your employer, rather by an Amberjack assessor. The assessor will review your responses specifically based on the 4 pillars measured by the assessment (see below, as well as the Tips section).
What Does the Amberjack Assessment Measure?
The Amberjack Assessment is designed to measure candidates’ potential of success in the job they applied for. To do so, the test assesses 4 key pillars, divided into 11 sub-categories.
Here are the 4 pillars of the Amberjack Assessment:
Grit is a person’s ability to keep pursuing goals in the face of challenge, to adapt to changes and improve.
This pillar is divided into 3 sub-categories:
- Passion (Drive)
- Delivery (Agility)
Creative Force means the confidence and ability to test and implement new approaches and ways of thinking. It is a future-oriented mindset that focuses on positive change of self and others.
The 3 traits measured in this pillar are:
- Original Vision
- Agent of Change
A high Applied Intellect indicates the ability to apply one’s intelligence and knowledge to a variety of situations and generate innovative solutions to problems. While traditional assessments measure only cognitive ability, in the Amberjack Assessment it is only one of 3 components:
- Cognitive Ability
- Social and Emotional Intelligence
- Learning Agility
Digital Mindset is the natural proclivity to use technological solutions – not necessarily practical technological knowledge, but the openness to new technology and the abilities to conceptualize, adapt, and utilize it. Two traits are included in this pillar:
- Technological Mindset
- Digital Creativity
What Employers Use the Amberjack Assessment?
Amberjack is particularly popular among UK employers hiring for early careers. Some major employers using the assessment in their hiring process are:
If you have been to take an Amberjack test, you will receive a test invitation via email directly from your employer.
The invitation will not always include the name Amberjack, but if it includes or links to either of the following names, it means you will be taking the Amberjack assessment:
Here is, for instance, the Amberjack test invitation sent to candidates by Atkins:
The interface of the Amberjack assessment is modern, interactive, and rather easy to follow. A 5-minutes video in the beginning of the assessment will provide you with all you need to know.
However, here are some important things to know in advance:
- The test is untimed, but time will have an effect on your score, particularly in the cognitive ability questions.
- You are allowed to use a calculator and scratch paper.
- You will need a webcam and a microphone for the video interview section.
- Cognitive and situational judgment questions are mixed through the assessment.
- You must answer all questions.
- You cannot go back to submitted questions.
Free Amberjack Assessment Practice
This free Amberjack sample practice test is designed to get you familiar with:
- Types of questions
- Measured pillars (traits)
- Level of difficulty
The test contains 6 questions and is untimed.
4 Expert Tips for the Amberjack Assessment
Considering all the unique features of the Amberjack Assessment, here are 4 tips for acing it:
Tip #1 – In the Numerical Questions, Take a Look at the Answers First
The numerical questions in the Amberjack Assessment are characterized by an information overload. While this may be confusing, looking at the possible answers before approaching the actual question might significantly simplify the solution.
For instance, you may be given the financial data for a whole year and be asked to find the find the most profitable month. By checking only the answer options, you can calculate only 4 months rather than 12.
Note that this will not always be the case, and you will occasionally be required to conduct rather long calculations.
Tip #2 – In the Verbal Questions, Focus on Encapsulating Main Ideas
The verbal questions on the Amberjack Assessment will mostly assess your inferential comprehension – namely, extract nuances of various places in the text to infer a main, complex idea presented in the text. They will not aim to measure your vocabulary, grammar, or understanding of specific elements of the text.
Here are some examples:
- According to the text, what is the main benefit of X over Y?
- According to the text, in what cases should one use X?
- How would you describe the text’s definition of X?
Tip #3 – In SJT Questions, Always Consider the 4 Pillars
In the Test Overview section, we have covered the 4 pillars assessed by Amberjack – Grit, Creative Force, Applied Intellect, and Digital Mindset. Whenever you approach a situational judgment question, consider:
- What pillar is being assessed?
- What responses are most and least aligned with this pillar?
Tip #4 – Practice for the Interview Section
Your responses to the video questions will be reviewed by a human assessor, as is mentioned on Amberjack’s manual. The assessor will evaluate your responses against the behavioral traits measured in the assessment.
Therefore, it is important to prepare some experiences, thoughts and behaviors that reflect these traits. Here are some examples for questions you may be asked, and their respective measured traits.
- What challenges do you expect to encounter on the job, and how do you plan to overcome them?
- What would you consider as success in your career?
- How do you see your future in the company and in the industry in general?
- Describe an incident in which you have applied a new solution to a problem you have faced.
- What are the personal strengths and skills do you believe will be most influential for your ability to succeed in this role?
- How will this role help you to develop personally and professionally?
- What new technologies and tools do you believe will have the most impact on the future of the industry?
- How do you approach the need to integrate new technologies in your work?